Kent County tourism industry celebrates record year

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— Kent County’s tourism industry is looking to build on a record-breaking year.

According to Experience Grand Rapids, Kent County hotels filled more rooms than ever in 2015. Year-end occupancy was nearly 68 percent, about 2 percent higher than the national average, which grew at a slower rate.

The Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. (Aug. 12, 2015)
The Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. (Aug. 12, 2015)

Experience Grand Rapids President CEO Doug Small said it’s the sixth consecutive year hotel room revenue has grown in Kent County.

Small said the area will meet growing demand from visitors by adding 700 hotel rooms this year.

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Other tourism areas also experienced a historic year; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park celebrated record attendance and more travelers used the Gerald R. Ford International Airport than ever before.

Experience Grand Rapids’ tourism report comes just weeks after Grand Rapids made the New York Times “52 Places to Go” list.

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Online:

Experience Grand Rapids – http://www.experiencegr.com/

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